Correlation May Exist Between Gagging, Dental Fear

The amount of fear from a dental visit may be higher among people with frequent gagging problems.

The information comes from the authors of “Gagging and Its Associations with Dental Care—Related Fear, Fear of Pain, and Beliefs About Treatment.” The gagging issues may also cause negative beliefs about dentists and dental treatment.

The authors determined that it’s important for dentists to analyze their patients’ chances of gagging while also examining their fears and anxieties. Some dentists want their patients to breath slowly through their nose. Other dentists encourage their patients to lift their legs or wiggle their toes as a way of distracting themselves.

The information appears in The Journal of the American Dental Association.

There are numerous ways for people with gagging problems to deal with their anxiety. Discussing it with the dentist and dental staff often helps. Choosing an appointment for a convenient time may also allay any anxiety.

For some people, wearing headphones is the trick. Music can block out the sound of the drill, which is the main source of anxiety for many people. These days, some dental offices even have some form of video available to the patient.

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